Catholic Dictionary

Term

IMPERFECTION, NEGATIVE

Definition

A lack of greater perfection in a human act, due to a variety of causes but not consciously willed by a person. Thus, to give a poor person alms is a morally good act. Giving that person more than one actually had given would ordinarily be a greater perfection; hence the alms, in themselves, may be considered negatively imperfect. Negative imperfections are not sinful because they are not voluntary.